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The After Party

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  8,394 ratings  ·  964 reviews
From the nationally bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls comes a story of 1950s Texas socialites and the one irresistible, controversial woman at the bright, hot center of it all.

Fortier is the epitome of Texas glamour and the center of the 1950s Houston social scene. Tall, blonde, beautiful, and strong, she dominates the room and the gossip columns
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by Riverhead Books
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Bill Kupersmith
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sir Walter Scott knew that a best setting for a historical was 60 years back, long ago enough to belong to another world, but still within living memory. In the case of The After Party, that living memory is mine. I lived in the very place & time the story is set = the River Oaks area of Houston, Texas in the 1950s. When the narrator Cici mentioned Troon Road I thought, OMG, we could have been neighbors. That’s only one block away; when my brother or I were out late & our mother, lying awake, he ...more
Aug 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
Ok, ok, you can quit thanking me. Yes, I read the book so you didn't have to. There is only one positive thing about the's over! ...more
Julie Ehlers
Sep 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I was a fan of Anton DiSclafani's The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls and was very excited to get my hands on this one, which sounded even more interesting to me. Perhaps my expectations were too high, because while there was much I liked about this book, ultimately I was disappointed--although I'm having a little trouble sorting out the source of my disappointment.

The After Party is about two women who become friends in early childhood and stay friends into their mid-twenties, in 1957 (when m
HistoryGeek 42
May 24, 2016 rated it liked it
It was ok. It started off really grabbing my attention but by the end I was so annoyed by the whole dynamic between Cece and Joan that I just felt "enough already". Joan is a narcissist and Cece is at best a clueless enabler and at her worst a total doormat. ...more
Helen Finnigan
May 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
But for the fact I was on bed rest while reading this, I would have never finished it. Slow-moving plot and damaged (yet still almost completely uninteresting) characters with upscale problems. By the time I got to the "big reveal", I didn't care. Skip this one. ...more
Jun 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
The narrator and narration are ceaselessly banal and shallow; the plot nonexistent.
Liz marx
May 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Disappointing kept reading because I thought there would be some better character development. I wanted a better
Explanation of why joan turned out as she did.
Feb 13, 2016 rated it liked it
The After Party follows the story of a young socialite in 1950s Houston. Cece Buchanan has it all: money, popularity, a husband who adores her, a loving son, and a best friend all women - and perhaps some men - are envious of. Cece has been attached to Joan Fortier at the hip since childhood. When the death of Cece's mother and the virtual desertion of her father leaves her without parents at fifteen, the Fortier family takes Cece under their wing and into their home. Cece and Joan have their wh ...more
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved the setting of this book - 1950s Houston: the Shamrock Hotel, huge mansions with beautiful gardens in River Oaks, the cocktails, the clothes, the big American cars. It was just so fun to read about that time and place. I also loved the writing. It was crisp and clear, and I was happy to pick up the book and to continue reading. I do wish the author had taken more risks with the plot, though. The tense, secretive mood of the book has you intrigued, but the truth, when you discover it, doe ...more
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, historical
This book was perfection. 1950s Houston society, troubled girls, family drama, and fantastic writing.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this novel and especially liked the 50's time period. A lot of the book occurred in a Houston, TX hotel the Shamrock and the Cork Club inside. The Author's Note at the end added a nice touch after finishing as she described her connection to the Shamrock and Cork Club after all of her research.

This is a tale of two Joans. Inseperable and the very best of friends since childhood. One of them had a middle name and so she was called CeCe to tell them apart. As they got older, Joan and CeC
May 04, 2016 rated it liked it
There really isn't much for me to say about this book besides the fact that it was an okay book, but not one that I would recommend or read again. I think that the synopsis set this book up like a very big mystery, but in the end, everything fell flat. I thought the whole book just limped to the end where I wondered what in the world was I supposed to get out of this book.

Told in the first person by CeCe Buchanan, we have her reminiscing about how she came to meet her best friend in the world,
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-release
I absolutely loved Anton DiSclafani’s debut novel, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, so I’ve been making gimme-hands ever since I found out she had a second novel coming out this spring. And even though The After Party isn’t likely to stick in my mind the way her first book did, it’s still really dang good. In it, narrator Cece has a singular fixation in her life: her best friend since childhood, Joan, who is wild even by MTV’s Real World standards, let alone the standards of her actual wor ...more
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Anton DiScalfani's since her best selling debut novel, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, and have been eagerly anticipating The After Party. DiScalfani did NOT disappoint.

Set in 1957 Houston, The After Party follows the friendship of two women: Joan and Cece, who have been best friends since childhood. These women grew up together. They were there during pivotal moments in their lives from first loves to losing a parent, and through it all Cece places Joan on a pedestal.
Kasa Cotugno
Giving two stars because of some well written passages, but really, it's 1 1/2. I did like DeSciafani's first book, but this effort, which promised a reflection of society in Houston of the '50's, did not present either the era or the location with any specificity. Why Cece finds Joan so fascinating is beyond me, since neither character is presented as anything but cookie cutter. If I wasn't reading this to review, I wouldn't have gotten past page 20. ...more
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Goodreads Giveaway. 4 stars.
Reading with Cats
Jul 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, abandoned-2016
Nope, can't do it anymore. Joan is a boring and shitty human being and Cece is a weird, stalkerish doormat. I got to 40% and was too exhausted and annoyed to continue. ...more
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure why I finished this book other than I can't bear to put a book down. The clinginess of the narrator was extremely off-putting. ...more
Judy D Collins
Anton DiSclafani returns following The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls with her latest, THE AFTER PARTY - a world of glitz, power, glamour, privilege, and wealth in 20th century Houston—from past to present, a story of shifting identity, secrets, obsession, and at the heart –a timeless female friendship.

Set in the 1950s, in Houston’s River Oaks neighborhood (one of the wealthiest in the country), The After Party is centered around Texas socialites, frequenting the Shamrock Hotel’s Cork Cl
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing

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Joan and Cece have known each other since they were in Kindergarten...practically. Joan...wealthy...not necessarily beautiful but outrageous in her behavior. Cece...the friend who needs her. Cece is sometimes referred to as Joan's "handmaiden". They kind of need each other but Cece always feels needier than Joan. If I started to analyze their's's a weird one. Cece tries to protect Joan but Joan doesn't seem to always need Cece's protection
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it

This was my final selection for my self-created 2018 challenge to read a book a month from the last 12 years of my TBR lists. I have mixed feelings about it. I absolutely loved this author's debut novel, <>The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls. This second novel, though it mines similar themes, did not quite measure up to the wonder of the first one.

Set in the 1950s uber-rich Houston, TX, neighborhood of River Oaks, it is almost a psychological thriller. Joan Fortier and Cece Buchanan have bee
This is a wonderful coming of age story about two young girls growing up in the opulent, oil era in Houston, Texas. It chronicles their lives from early childhood through mid-twenties. You have the beautiful, troubled Joan Fortier who everyone envies and adores but can't read enough about her latest escapades in the morning papers gossip page. She has always lived by her own set of rules which was quite scandalous in the 1940's and 50s. Where women were best seen and not heard, they were to marr ...more
Jill Meyer
May 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I really wish I had liked Anton DiSclafani's new novel, "The After Party", better than I did. Set in the 1950's in Houston's tony River Oaks area, the story of of two socialites, both named Joan at birth. But dark-haired Joan Beirne's name was changed in school to Cece (her middle name) because the other Joan - Joan Fortier was blonde and beautiful. It wasn't that Joan Beirne wasn't good looking - it's just that Joan Fortier was an "it" girl. The girls grew up together and the Fortiers sort of a ...more
Mar 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I got a digital ARC of this book from the publisher, and was excited to read it as I quite enjoyed The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by this author several years ago. This one was a bit of a disappointment, though. Both books were a pretty fast, fun read, but this one is much less involving, ultimately.

Joan, Joan, Joan-- I got pretty sick of hearing her name, honestly. The narrator, Cece, grows up with her friend Joan, and is completely obsessed with her for reasons that aren't really that a
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Was not expecting that revelation at all. This was such a quick and wonderful read. What length would you go to for a friend? How would you try to save her when she didn't want to be saved? ...more
Jun 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
This is the worst book I have ever read and I want the last two days back.
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
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The After Party is a buzzy book this spring, one that I've seen on a few "Summer Must Read" lists, and I jumped at the chance to get the audio version a few weeks ago. I never read DiSclafani's earlier novel, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls, but had heard great things about it.

The After Party takes place in the mid-1950s in Houston, and it is about two women: CeCe Buchanan, the narrator, and Joan Fortier, her best friend. CeCe and Joa
First, what I enjoyed:
The setting- 1950's Houston, Texas, land of big oil money
The social scene- competitive men and their wives partying extravagantly
The beverages- gimlets, Manhattans, dirty martinis, champagne, aged scotch
The homes- extravagant modern structures with swimming pools, bars and hired help
The cliques- whose currency was based on the latest gossip on each other, especially valuable if about those behaving badly outside their group, and their surprisingly uncomplicated support of
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it

I received a copy of The After Party by Anton DiScalfani from Edelweiss a few weeks ago but due to their terms I had to hold off on telling you about this book until the month it releases. Now that I can talk about it - go read it! The friendship between the two Joan's (one who was called by her middle name Cecilia) is so intense, it borders on obsession and stalking. Joan Fortier is a beloved socialite and CeeCee, wealthy in her own way, takes it upon herself to be Joan's constant companion, pr
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written in language that takes you into 1950's Houston. I loved the new money the way the young people partied and enjoyed life. The friendship of Cece and Joan, does one really know the other? How well do we understand those we love and admire? Grab this book!! I loved it so much!! ...more
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